Explore Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah

By Kara Franker | May 15, 2017

Amelia Earhart Park has plenty to do for the whole family.

Explore Hialeah and you'll find one of Miami's most expansive and extravagant parks: Amelia Earhart Park. As impressive as the woman it's named after, this 515-acre park has several lakes for wake boarding, a farm village with a petting zoo and pony rides, a skate park, mountain-bike trails, and five-acre "bark park" for dogs.

Filled with fun activities for the whole family, Amelia Earhart Park is home to the Miami Watersports Complex (MWC), where visitors can do anything from cable and boat wakeboarding, to wakesurfing, waterskiing, kneeboarding and paddle boarding.

For the Whole Family: Farm Animals and Treehouses

If you’re heading there with kids, check out the Bill Graham Farm Village. It’s a real farm replica where visitors can view horses, cows and sheep. Or go to the petting zoo, shop at the country store, explore authentic crop fields, and visit the nearby insect museum.

Then explore Tom Sawyer's Play Island, a fort-style treehouse designed for children ages 2-12, with climbers, spinners, slides, balance beams, swings and even musical instruments for your little ones to play with.

Finally, the newest addition to the park, the mini-soccer complex, is as fun as it is functional. It has state-of-the-art soccer facilities for kids and adults alike, including enclosed 4G turf fields.

Mountain Biking and Trails

Craving a competitive day outdoors? Hop on a mountain bike and navigate the park’s eight miles of single-track and fire road bike trails. Designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders alike, these trails are free to use and dotted with hidden climbs, downhills and banked corners.

If you don’t have your own bike, rent one from the onsite Genesis Mountain Bike Rentals, which is open every weekend from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The price for bike rentals is $25 for one hour and a half, $30 for two hours and $35 for three hours, and bike mechanic services are available for $10 an hour, plus the cost of parts.

The Miami Watersports Complex (MWC)

For some fun in the water, the Miami Watersports Complex sits on the park's 90-acre freshwater lake and is perfect for wakeboarders of all ages. If you’re a beginner, wakeboard with the comfort of a coach riding right alongside you, and if you’re more advanced, there are coaches onsite to help you improve your skills. No reservation is required to ride the cables, and all equipment is available to rent onsite.

Dog Park

If you brought your furry friend, head to the five-acre dog park. It has space for both large and small dogs to run around, washing and grooming areas, doggy swimming pools and even an obstacle course.

History of Amelia Earhart Park

Today, Amelia Earhart Park is one of the most popular outdoor hangouts in Hialeah. But flashback to the early 1900s, and it was a large mass of undeveloped land that once belonged to the Naval Air Station in Miami.

Eventually, the flight facilities became Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport, but thanks to community leaders who lobbied for the property in the middle of the century, half of the Naval Air Station land was reserved for a park.

To honor famed female pilot Amelia Earhart, who took her last flight from Miami in Hialeah in 1937, the park was named after her.

Paying another nod to history, the popular farm village at Amelia Earhart Park was named after Bill Graham, who was the developer of the Miami Lakes, the son of former state senator Ernest R. "Cap" Graham, and one of the leading lobbyists to secure the land for Amelia Earhart Park.

General Visitor Information

Amelia Earhart Park is located at 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah, FL 33013. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, while the office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free Monday through Friday, but costs $7 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. Entrance to the bark park is free.

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